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Water from a Deep Well : Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries - Gerald L Sittser

Water from a Deep Well

Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries

Paperback Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9780830837458
Number Of Pages: 364

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In Rome in A.D. 165, two men named Carpus and Papylus stood before the proconsul of Pergamum, charged with the crime of being Christians. Not even torture could make them deny Christ, so they were burned alive. Is my faithfulness as strong? In the fifth century, Melania the Younger and her husband, Pinian, distributed their enormous wealth to the poor and intentionally practiced the discipline of renunciation. Could living more simply deepen my trust in God? In the sixteen hundreds, Philipp Jakob Spener's love for the Word of God and his desire to help people apply the Bible to their life moved him to start "Colleges of Piety," or small groups. In what ways could commitment to community make me more like Christ? The history of the church has shaped what our faith and practice are like today. It's tempting to think that the way we do things now is best, but history also has much to teach us about what we've forgotten. In Water from a Deep Well, Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today. As we see their deep faith through his vibrant narratives, we may discover that old ways can bring new life to our own spirituality.

Industry Reviews

Water From a Deep Well will reward readers who appreciate thorough research and detailed reporting, enlivened by telling asides and black-and-white illustrations.--Monica Tenney, Congregational Libraries Today, November/December 2008
Water From a Deep Well is a good book for a time when some evangelicals seem intent on de-rooting themselves from their family tree.--Matthew P. Ristuccia, WORLD Magazine, Nov. 29/Dec 6, 2008
Water From a Deep Well is a hard-to-put-down book. . . . The author's aim is to help us mine the riches of our wide heritage, and he does it admirably. . . . His grasp of the subject, ability with words, and his experience learning these lessons shine from every page."--Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews, February 2008

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introduction: There Is More!p. 15
Witness: The Spirituality of the Early Christian Martyrsp. 27
Belonging: The Spirituality of Early Christian Communityp. 50
Struggle: The Spirituality of the Desert Saintsp. 73
Rhythm: The Spirituality of Monasticismp. 96
Holy Heroes: The Spirituality of Icons and Saintsp. 118
Windows: The Spirituality of the Sacramentsp. 139
Union: The Spirituality of the Mysticsp. 163
Ordinariness: The Spirituality of the Medieval Laityp. 187
Word: The Spirituality of the Reformersp. 209
Conversion: The Spirituality of Evangelicalsp. 231
Risk: The Spirituality of Pioneer Missionariesp. 256
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?p. 281
Discussion Questionsp. 296
Annotated Reading Listp. 303
Illustration Creditsp. 310
Notesp. 314
Indexp. 360
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ISBN: 9780830837458
ISBN-10: 0830837450
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st July 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.5